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A killing in Glasgow has members of the victim’s Ahmadi religious community fearing that Britain may no longer represent a safe haven


ON MARCH 24, a convenience store owner in Glasgow posted a status update to his Facebook page: “Good Friday and very happy Easter especially to my beloved Christian nation.” Asad Shah continued, “Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus [Christ]...and get the real success in both worlds.” To Shah’s Facebook friends, the exuberant message was not much of a surprise. Shah, who identified as a Muslim, was a member of the Ahmadi religious community. The Ahmadi faith is generally tolerant of other religions—and Shah was particularly welcoming. In December, a neighbor tells Newsweek, he gave every visitor to his shop a personalized Christmas card.

LAID TO REST: Imam Mansoor Shah leads prayers at the funeral for shopkeeper Asad Shah, who was killed in what appears to have been a religiously motivated attack.
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